Ultrasounds are a form of radiology that capture images of soft tissues and fluid-filled structures using sound waves. Organs such as the liver, gallbladder, kidneys, adrenal glands, and pancreas can all be readily viewed using ultrasounds. Ultrasounds are often used in conjunction with x-rays to provide a complete picture of the tissues and the musculoskeletal system.

Ultrasounds can provide a real-time 3D video of a structure, so the doctor can visualize the way the system is working in the body. Similar to x-ray radiology, ultrasounds are noninvasive and pain-free for the patient. The pet is simply held still and a cooling gel is applied to the area of investigation. The veterinarian then runs the ultrasound sensor across the area and an image is projected onto a monitor in the exam room. The duration of the ultrasound session is usually short, only in rare cases is it needed for the pet to be sedated for the procedure.

Ultrasounds are commonly used to diagnose pregnancy, abnormalities of the heart and lungs, pancreatitis, bladder stones, masses, and other causes of disease. They can also help to guide biopsies and injections.

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